Copying the 19th-Century French Nudes

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Copying the 19th-Century French Nudes

18 June, 2018 to 29 June, 2018

Angel Academy of Art
10 Via Nardo di Cione, Firenze, Toscana 50121

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Copying paintings is the surest way to improve one’s painting skills, whether one is an established artist or a beginner, and the human figure offers the greatest scope for dealing with gesture, proportion and subtle colour. For this, the 19th-century academy painters were the best.

The workshop begins with gesture drawing of the painting with a dry brush technique. Next, using the limited palette of some earth colours and some cadmiums, colour is introduced to focus on the big form (called Big-Form Modelling). Painting continues with a 1st-painting i.e. an introduction to the planes of the human figure. Painting is finished with a 2nd-painting, followed by final glazes and toning.

This course instructs the student in an easy to follow step-by-step process, working from reproductions of the great 19th-century nudes provided by the instructor.

Minimum enrollment requirement for this Workshop is 5 (five) participants. Early reservations are recommended, as student numbers are purposely limited to allow for a high degree of individual attention.

Image - Jules Joseph Lefebvre - ODALISQUE, 1874